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Better Things is an American comedy-drama television series created by Pamela Adlon and Louis C.K. for FX, starring Adlon as a divorced actress who raises her three daughters by herself.[1] FX gave a 10-episode order on August 7, 2015.[2] The series premiered on September 8, 2016.[3] On September 20, 2016, FX announced it had renewed the series for a second season.[4]

Better Things
Better Things Title Card.png
Genre Comedy
Created by
Opening theme "Mother" by John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band
Composer(s) Jay Gruska
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 10 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
  • Louis C.K.
  • Pamela Adlon
  • M. Blair Breard
  • Dave Becky
Running time 23 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor 20th Television
Original network FX
Original release September 8, 2016 (2016-09-08) – present
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Notable guest starsEdit


The pilot was ordered by FX on January 18, 2015. It was written by Louis C.K. and Pamela Adlon, and directed by Louis C.K.[8] The story is semi-autobiographically based on Adlon's life.[9] The pilot was picked up to a 10-episode series on August 7, 2015.[6][9]

The title of the show comes from The Kinks song, "Better Things".[10]


No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod.
U.S. viewers
1 "Sam/Pilot" Louis C.K. Pamela Adlon & Louis C.K. September 8, 2016 (2016-09-08) XBG01001 0.671[11]
Sam Fox is introduced as a working actress with three daughters (an angry eldest, a fiery middle, and a sweetheart youngest), various middle-aged men in her life, and an increasingly addled mom living next door.
2 "Period" Pamela Adlon Story by : Pamela Adlon
Teleplay by : Louis C.K.
September 15, 2016 (2016-09-15) XBG01007 0.570[12]
Sam hopes that she can no longer get pregnant, then has to handle her daughters' escalating bad behavior and her mom's heightened eccentricity.
3 "Brown" Nisha Ganatra Louis C.K. September 22, 2016 (2016-09-22) XBG01006 0.382[13]
Sam's latest acting work allows her to spend quality time with her best friend Sunny and less-endearing time with Sunny's nasty pothead husband Jeff. She also lands a date with a handsome African-American man but their dinner together at her house is ruined by Grandma Phil's racism.
4 "Woman Is the Something of the Something" Nisha Ganatra Pamela Adlon & Louis C.K. September 29, 2016 (2016-09-29) XBG01003 0.455[14]
Sam is briefly up for a leading sitcom role, but doesn't know about it. A fire alarm brings chaos to the house, while a feminist event at Frankie's school brings her and Sam closer together.
5 "Future Fever" Lance Bangs Pamela Adlon & Louis C.K. and Cindy Chupack October 6, 2016 (2016-10-06) XBG01004 0.439[15]
Sam takes care of Frankie when she runs a high fever, Duke when she has coins to turn in at the bank, and Max when a frank look at her lackluster academic career has her sad over her unpromising college prospects.
6 "Alarms" Lance Bangs Pamela Adlon & Louis C.K. and Gina Fallore October 13, 2016 (2016-10-13) XBG01009 0.406[16]
The men are not alright as Sam has to deal with gross colleagues, her utterly useless ex, a sleazy fake-admirer, and even Sunny's zero of a hubby Jeff (when they find out he's on Tinder). But more interaction with an addled Phil brings some good work and cheer to Sam and her girls.
7 "Duke's Chorus" Lance Bangs Pamela Adlon & Louis C.K. October 20, 2016 (2016-10-20) XBG01005 0.460[17]
Sam clashes with the Mormon mom of a friend of Duke's, with the women going from being curt and rude to each other to understand their situations. Max is worse to her mother than ever and Frankie concludes that there is God.
8 "Scary Fun" Nisha Ganatra Pamela Adlon & Louis C.K. October 27, 2016 (2016-10-27) XBG01008 0.381[18]
9 "Hair of the Dog" Nisha Ganatra Pamela Adlon November 3, 2016 (2016-11-03) XBG01002 0.426[19]
10 "Only Women Bleed" Pamela Adlon Pamela Adlon & Louis C.K. November 10, 2016 (2016-11-10) XBG01010 0.547[20]
After a chaotic morning, Sam gets to work, but that's interrupted when Frankie is sent home from school and Max later tells her mom a shocking truth about her sister.


Critical receptionEdit

Better Things has received positive reviews from television critics. The first season has a Metacritic score of 79 out of 100 based 31 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[21] Rotten Tomatoes gave the first season a 94% "Certified Fresh" score with an average rating of 8.1 out of 10 based on 47 critic reviews, with the critical consensus "Pamela Adlon's Better Things abstains from traditional sitcom sendups and forges a path all its own - in this bawdy, often hilarious and bittersweet ode to the daily highs and lows of being a single mother."[22]


For the 33rd TCA Awards, Pamela Adlon received a nomination for Individual Achievement in Comedy.[23]


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  3. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (June 16, 2016). "Louis C.K.-Pamela Adlon FX Comedy Series ‘Better Things’ Sets Fall Premiere Date". Retrieved July 6, 2016. 
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  11. ^ Welch, Alex (September 9, 2016). "Thursday cable ratings: ‘Queen of the South’ ticks back up". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved September 15, 2016. 
  12. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (September 16, 2016). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Thursday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 9.15.2016". ShowBuzzDaily. Retrieved September 17, 2016. 
  13. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (September 22, 2016). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Thursday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 9.22.2016". ShowBuzzDaily. Retrieved September 22, 2016. 
  14. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (September 30, 2016). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Thursday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 9.29.2016". ShowBuzzDaily. Retrieved September 30, 2016. 
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  19. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (November 4, 2016). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Thursday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 11.3.2016". ShowBuzzDaily. Retrieved November 4, 2016. 
  20. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (November 11, 2016). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Thursday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 11.10.2016". ShowBuzzDaily. Retrieved November 11, 2016. 
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  22. ^ "Better Things: Season 1". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved September 7, 2016. 
  23. ^ Otterson, Joe (June 19, 2017). "‘Atlanta,’ ‘This Is Us,’ ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ Lead TCA Awards Nominations". Variety. Retrieved June 19, 2017. 

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